Familymoons at the Alden

With many couples having children by the time they get married or becoming a ‘blended’ family with children from previous relationships, not everyone wants the traditional honeymoon. That’s why there’s a new phenomenon on the cards for families. Say hello to the ‘familymoon’, a great way for new families to share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience while creating a bond that will last forever.

While some newlyweds struggle to decide who will be taking care of the kids while on their honeymoon, others are already packing their bags and getting ready for an exciting familymoon. For some newlyweds, it’s just easier to take the kids than to organize a caretaker. A familymoon takes your honeymoon to an entirely new level as the love you have for each other is now shared with your children. It also allows the children to be a bigger part of the marriage experience. For blended families especially, these getaways provide an opportunity for the kids to get to know each other a bit better in a peaceful, neutral and fun environment. 

Here at the Alden, our spacious suites are perfect for familymoons, with a living area that’s separate from the bedroom. If the kids are old enough to stay in their own room, book adjoining rooms. If you’d rather stay together, all rooms are furnished with queen-size sofa beds. This ensures you and your spouse will still have plenty of privacy despite taking the kids along for the ride.

Our family-friendly accommodations give kids more than enough activities to occupy their time. The best part is your children can roam around in a safe environment so you don’t have to worry about their whereabouts all the time. You can even get a nanny or babysitter to ensure the kids are well cared for while you get out to have some fun, whether that involves a spa date or a romantic dinner on the beach.

There’s no doubt that traveling with kids can be a fulfilling experience no matter the occasion—but it can also be tiring. If you still want to celebrate your marriage in a quieter way, get a friend or family member to watch the kids while the two of you get away or spend a night or two alone as a couple. This will allow you both to unwind from the vacation and enjoy each other’s company.

For blended families, your familymoon might be your first vacation together, so choosing a destination that will be memorable is extremely important. Whether you’re looking at theme parks, big city getaways or tropical beach resort vacations, Alden Suites checks all the boxes. We’re less than an hour away from both Busch Gardens and Tampa and a “go to” for water adventures right off the beach. Choose from parasailing, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards or book a dolphin-watching cruise, daily sunset cruise or a cruise for shellers to Shell Island—tons of options for relaxation, fun, adventure, and lots of romance for the happy couple.

While the concept may seem novel, showing affection in front of your kids can actually be beneficial to their development. It shows them what a healthy relationship should look like and can help them feel safer, more secure and loved. Familymoons also allow you to reassure your kids that your love for them hasn’t changed. If you’re tying the knot in the near or far future, we’d be happy to host your family for your very own familymoon! Book online today.

April 2021 in St. Pete Beach: Here’s What’s Happening!

Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events, and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music, and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated annual happenings this month. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Easter Egg Hunt

April 3

Bring your own basket and enjoy amazing Easter Egg hunts on April 3rd!  All ages welcome! Other children’s activities and games too! Join the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary for fun in their open-air park with social distancing in place. You can also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too! Come by and see us! https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastPrimate/

Pinellas Pepper Fest

April 10-11

The 14th Anniversary of Pinellas Pepper Fest is back April 10 11 and it’s going to be HOTTER than ever before! This hot n’ spicy food show is painfully delicious, big on flavor, and cooked up to be one of the hottest events of the season.

Specialty exhibitors will tickle your tastebuds as they bring on distinctive, breathtaking, and dynamite offerings in the form of sauces, salsas, rubs, plants, food products, gadgets, kitchenware, hundreds of mild to wild samples, and more.

Let your temperature rise as you listen to live music by the Cracker Billy’s and Dual Exhaust. You won’t want to miss the Whip Crackers, as they treat us to snappy shows and lively lessons throughout the 2-day extravaganza. www.PinellasPepperFest.com  

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

April 8 – 10h

Offering further proof that singing the blues doesn’t have to be a bummer, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest is back today with blues on the Bay. The event is held along the picturesque downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in Vinoy Park. In addition to the powerful vocals and high-energy riffs of the biggest acts in blues, you can also sample tasty local treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Festival vendors also peddle arts and crafts, and premium beer and wine. http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

April 17-18h

The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival will be back in town in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida. This amazing craft festival is one you will definitely want to come out and be a part of. Hosted again along bustling Corey Avenue amidst great retail shops and fine dining restaurants, this fabulous beach town is the perfect locale to explore hand-crafted works and wares. http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival/crafter

Spring Fling Garden Festival

April 17 -18t

Enjoy One of Tampa Bay’s Largest Garden Shows!

Join in the Spring Fling Garden Festival featuring tons of plant & unique vendors, Games, Photo Ops, Petting Zoo, food & more! The event will be held on April 17-18  at DK Landscaping & Farm from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. FREE Parking and FREE ENTRY to the festival grounds. Admission extra for the petting zoo/goat feeding/Farm activities. 🌼 www.Pinellasfarm.com

Firestone Grand Prix

April 23 – 25

Make plans to attend one of the premier events in St. Pete/Clearwater, the Firestone Grand Prix races through the streets of downtown St. Pete as IndyCar’s season-opening event.  http://www.gpstpete.com/

26th Annual Old Salt SPRING King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament

April 29 – May 1t

April 29 -through May 1, the oldest and richest Kingfish tournament in the United States is coming to Madeira Beach. This 3-day event kicks things off with the Captain’s Meeting and goes through Saturday, when anglers will weigh-in their prize catches and claim their awards. Bring the kids out to the waterfront party on Friday where they can get in on the action during the Kids Fishing Slam! https://oldsaltfishing.org/fishing-tournaments/spring-king-of-the-beach-kingfish-tournament/

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: March 2021

Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in March. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events with the Alden as your happy home base!

Mollusc Mania: Squid Dissection

March 2 and 4

Learn about the miraculous world of molluscs, snails, octopus, squids and more! During this squid dissection you will learn about the unique adaptations of squids. Space is limited so register online or at the front desk of the Tampa Bay Discovery Center.

2021 Spring Training

All Month Long

The Grapefruit League schedule was recently revised to limit travel, so the Blue Jays will play their 28 exhibition games against the Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers and Orioles. You’ll see players following health protocols on the field, in the dugout and around the complex, but the day-to-day workings of Spring Training and the players in camp will be different, too.

For the Blue Jays, this means a heavy dose of top prospects in camp. This will be a valuable development tool for many young players, especially coming off a missed 2020 Minor League season. In a typical Spring Training, many of these prospects would be across town at the club’s training complex, which is separate from TD Ballpark. Having them over on the Major League side to start camp will provide a clear look at the Blue Jays’ young talent, and should make the latter innings of exhibition games worth watching as they get some reps.

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/schedule/2021-03

16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens

March 6

Rediscover Gulfport during the 16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens on Saturday, March 6, 11am – 5pm.

The annual home tour will be a Covid-ready, all-outdoor event. Visitors will have the opportunity to see everything from an under-construction rain garden to a manicured backyard art gallery to meditation spaces, edible landscapes, and chickens, chickens, chickens.

Feel free to go at your own pace, seeing properties in any order. Due to Covid-19, transportation will not be proviced. The tour skims Gulfport’s waterfront district, so there will be plenty of time to take a lunch break or shop in our historic downtown.

Registration will take place at the Gulfport Rec Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., where you’ll receive a map and wristband.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

March  – April 25

Flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the Food & Wine Festival! Sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 new dishes. Serving guests every weekend from Now through April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

Reggae Rise Up

March 18- 21

Reggae Rise Up Florida Music Festival is back at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, March 18th through 21st. It is 3 full days with positive vibes and great music! For the full music line up visit their website here. https://www.facebook.com/events/695500121061728/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Music in the Afternoon at Horan Park

March 28

 The Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park on select Sundays. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guest either sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park. This is a free event; seating is not provided.  https://spbrec.com/382/Music-in-the-Afternoons

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday

The 2021 season of the Saturday Morning Market has joyfully begun. Not surprisingly, the Market operates quite differently during this season.  In addition to very strong safety practices, the following are some notable changes: They are requiring vendors and customers to wear a face mask at all times. To maximize mask wearing within Market, there will be no eating or drinking allowed within the Market.  There are a tables and chairs setup beside the stadium and on the east lawn as pleasant options for enjoying your favorite foods.

Whales: Living with Giants

All Month Long

Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a new exhibition that explores the fascinating world of whales. Whales: Living with Giants is in the newly expanded visitor center. Activities in the exhibit include multi-media exhibits, a virtual reality experience, walk-through life size whale gallery, kid’s interactive zone, and a theater featuring whale related films and speakers.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/

TREATS in store for St. Pete Beach in October 2020

The spookiest season is upon us! From markets to pub crawls to pumpkin painting, there are so many ways to get in the Halloween spirit here in St. Pete Beach. Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities all month long. Start planning your costumes and plan a fun outing at one of these fantastic Halloween events in the St. Pete Beach area. And don’t miss your chance to celebrate Halloween with us on October 31, we’ll be hosting trick or treating for our guests right here at the Alden!

Taste of the Beaches

October 2- 4

Today through Sunday experience Taste of the Beaches in a new and safe way! Locals and visitors will try local tastes from a variety of restaurants, those of whom could use the support of our community! Immerse yourself in local flavors and specialty dishes while visiting different communities and new restaurants.
 www.TampaBayBeaches.com/Taste

October Market

October 2-4

Join Vintage Marche for their award-winning market featuring over 30 vendors in 15,000 square feet of retail space! Plenty of treasures to find while maintaining social distance! There are three opportunities to shop: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! https://www.facebook.com/events/2380118218958193/

Concert in the Park Series

Fridays in October

The City of St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to bring back their popular October Concert Series! Join them every Friday in October in Horan Park for a fun night of live music and entertainment! Space is limited this year so please make sure to purchase tickets in advance at https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com

St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival

October 19t

Join Gulf to Bay this Friday from 6 pm- 11 pm for Awesome Food, Craft Beers & Live Music as they host the 3rd annual St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival!  Admission is free and picnic chairs and blankets are welcome!
https://www.facebook.com/events/694874101097063/

Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser

October 22n

Join 3 Daughters Brewing for live bands, pumpkin painting, food, photo booths, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market! (COVID 19 Friendly version)

This Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser helps to provide rent assistance, bill assistance, and access to basic necessities for our homeless and low-income communities in Pinellas via Reach St. Pete! There will be live bands, pumpkin painting, food, a photo booth, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market with vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2662684570716057/

Halloween Bar Crawl

October 31

Celebrate Halloween in St. Pete with the annual Halloween Bar Crawl! Top Shelf Crawls has put together the premier list of bars and nightclubs for crawlers! You will receive a Souvenir Spooky Color Changing cup, and over $500 in cash and prizes is up for grabs for lucky crawlers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/671396053404081/

Trunk or Treat on Corey Avenue

October 31, 10 am-2 pm

The St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present “Trunk or Treat on Corey Ave.” This year things will be a little different so please read the description carefully. This event is located on Corey Ave and will take place between the 300-400 blocks. Families will be able to Trick-or-Treat throughout participating stores as well as “Trunkers” along the street.

All participants must wear a facemask. The event is from 10 am-2 pm and will be separated into 4 time slots. You must register for a time slot, each ticket is only valid during that time slot. 75 families max per hour. To get tickets please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/trunk-or-treat/

Halloween at the Alden

October 31, 4 pm-6 pm

Celebrate Halloween the Alden way! We invite our in-house guests to join us for trick-or-treating at the resort this Halloween. Costume up and meet at the Cabana Bar at 4 pm to pick up your goodie bag. We’ll take your photo with our spooky props and then you can visit stations throughout the resort to gather treats. We are all so looking forward to seeing all of your costumes!